The term ‘Deciduous” means “shedding or losing foliage at the end of the growing season”. This means that in autumn, the leaves of deciduous trees will start falling until the tree is bare, and it will remain so until new leaves start to emerge in the spring.
There are many reasons for selecting a deciduous specimen as oposed to an evergreen. The primary one is that if the tree is planted in an area where you wish to have summer shade and winter sun, then the habit that a deciduous tree has of shedding its leaves is perfect. So if you want shade over your outdoor entertaining area to protect you from the harsh summer sun, but in that same area you want the warmth of the winter sun to penetrate, then you must choose a deciduous specimen.
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Another reason is that deciduous trees bring the ‘wow’ factor in the autumn with their exquisite displays of reds, oranges, yellows, ambers and browns. Every garden is enhanced by a display of this autumnal beauty. There is a constantly changing display as the deciduous tree moves through the seasons; there is definition that cannot be attained with an evergreen tree. From the beauty of the fine tracery of bare branches in the winter to the excitement of the new leaf buds apearing in spring, to the full extent of dense greenery in the summer to the stunning colour in the autumn, the seasons are distinctive.
It is important to know to what height and width the tree will grow as it is likely to become a permanent structure in the garden and trees do not take kindly to being pruned. They have different natural shapes: spreading, pyramidal, conical, round, flat toped, columnar etc. and they need to be allowed to maintain their natural shapes.
Now this is really special. A unique form of Liquidambar with a dense, rounded habit. The fresh green summer foliage puts on a vibrant autumn display in tones of red and purple, holding well into winter. Grafted on to a standard that forms a characterful 'corky' trunk. Deciduous.
Plant your Liquidambar in deeply worked soil that does not completely dry out in summer.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: Std
This selected clone is well known for putting on a dazzling autumn display. The fresh green summer foliage gradually turns to rich tones of darkest crimson red as autumn arrives. Neat pyramidal habit and bark that is relatively smooth for a Liquidambar. Deciduous. Height is 10 year estimate.
Plant in the sun in deep fertile soil that does not completely dry out in summer for best results. 'Lane Roberts' has an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 5m x 3.5m
A dwarf version of the ever popular Liquidambar with a dense, slow growing habit, Attractive green lobed leaves in summer that have beautiful autumn tones prior to leaf fall. A handsome specimen tree or extra special for group planting. Deciduous.
Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m
Sweet Gum. Narrow upright pyramidal form. Summer leaves are a rich green but these become stunning autumn colour from orange and apricot and finally turning purple in autumn before falling. Colours well in all climates. Excellent street tree.Deciduous
Habit: Narrow pyramidal Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 7m x 4m
Seedless Sweet Gum. A slightly different form of Liquidambar with lobed leaves that have rounded edges. Green in spring-summer with lovely fiery autumn tones prior to leaf fall. Natural pyramidal shape. Makes a very handsome specimen tree for those that have space to allow it to develop. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Liquidambar rotundiloba is a sterile cultivar and therefore is seedless.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 6m x 4m
Current Stock Height: 220 cm
Container: pb18 ?
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The 'Sweet Gum' is simply one of the best specimen trees for autumn colour. Green summer leaves turn brilliant tones of orange, red and purple in autumn. Will grow almost anywhere but prefers deep fertile soil. Attractive corky bark. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 7m x 5m
Current Stock Height: 130/160 cm ?
Container: pb18 ?
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A special NZ selection of the tree commonly known as 'The American Sweet Gum'. The green lobed foliage turns to tones of deep purple in late summer and as autumn approaches red and gold tones appear. Special. Plant for unhindered development in a sunny spot. Deciduous.
It is important that your Liquidambar is planted in a position where the soil does not completely dry out in summer.
Colour: Assorted Habit: Upright Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m
Sweet Gum. A selected form of this popular specimen tree. Fresh green summer foliage that turns to fiery tones of purple and red in autumn. 'Vera' holds on to her foliage well into winter prolonging the display. Prefers a sheltered spot with deep fertile soil.
Beautiful, soft butter-yellow, large leaves are a feature of this unusual selection. Deeper gold autumn tones. Neat, broadly conical growth form. Slower growing than the normal species. Shelter and semi-shade preferred. May burn in hot dry conditions. Good well drained soils.